In 1962, 24-year-old Donald Knuth began writing The Art of Computer Programming, publishing three volumes by 1973, with volume 4 arriving in 2005. (Volume 4A appeared in 2011, with new paperback fascicles planned for every two years, and fascicle 6, “Satisfiability,” arriving last December). “You should definitely send me a resume if you can read the whole thing,” Bill Gates once said, in a column where he described working through the book. “If somebody is so brash that they think they know everything, Knuth will help them understand that the world is deep and complicated.”
But now long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino has a question:
I’ve had The Art of Computer Programming on my book-buying list for just about two decades now and I’m still torn…about actually getting it. I sometimes believe I would mutate into some programming demi-god if I actually worked through this beast, but maybe I’m just fooling myself…
Have any of you worked through or with TAOCP or are you perhaps working through it? And is it worthwhile? I mean not just for bragging rights. And how long can it reasonably take? A few years?
Share your answers and experiences in the comments. Have you read The Art of Computer Programming?
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